AC Milan – one of Italy’s most successful soccer teams – was playing an exhibition match against Pro Patria on Thursday- a team playing in one of Italy’s lower leagues- when its player Kevin Prince Boateng kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the pitch after having been targeted by monkey chants by local supporters since the start of the match. Boateng , a Ghanian-German footballer, headed for the locker room followed by his teammates. A few minutes earlier another black player for AC Milan, Sulley Muntari, was targeted with racist chants.
A team representative for the Pro Patria had tried to convince a part of its supporters to stop the racist abuses but failed. The match was called off and Kevin Boateng took to Twitter to promote the hastag #StopRacismforever, reports The New York Times. Pro Patria posted a statement on its website called “Tolleranza Zero” – “Zero Tolerance” following the incident:
Today was supposed to be the festival of sport. The crowd for the friendly match Pro Patria vs. AC Milan was composed of women, children, families, young athletes and real fans. This festival was ruined by a small number of uncivilized people who have nothing to do with football and with the values of sport, especially fair play, which are part of the DNA of the club Aurora Pro Patria 1919.
A.C. Milan’s manager Massimiliano Allegri said: “ Walking off was the correct decision to make after the racist chants.”